23-Apr-2024
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Natural Killer Cells: A Promising Solution for Neuropathic Pain Amid Opioid Crisis

Researchers are turning to Natural Killer (NK) cells as a potential alternative treatment for neuropathic pain amidst the global opioid epidemic. Published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, the opinion piece compiles data highlighting NK cells‘ capacity to prune damaged nerve cells, which could be the source of pain.

As chronic neuropathic pain becomes increasingly prevalent, scientists emphasize the importance of investigating NK cell activity’s underlying factors to develop effective and secure pain medicine. Current therapies like opioids and antidepressants don’t address the root cause of pain and come with significant risks and side effects.

Natural Killer cells offer hope for resolving neuropathic pain in the long term, but further research is needed to fully understand their mechanisms and potential as future treatments.

For a detailed story, visit: Hindustan Times

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